10 Bizarre Sequels That Almost Happened


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When you make a hit movie, you want to make another one, right? But sometimes a sequel isn’t the best idea. Check these 10 follow-up flicks that would have been seriously weird.

10. Forrest Gump 2: Gump & Co.

The idea of following up Forrest Gump’s life story with a sequel was bad enough, but throw in that it was going to take place in the ‘90s and have Forrest meet O.J. Simpson and we’ve got a very weird sequel.

9. Gladiator 2

At the end of the first Gladiator, Russell Crowe’s character dies, but that didn’t stop him from hiring songwriter Nick Cave to pen a sequel script where Maximus returns from the grave immortal and fight in history’s greatest wars.

8. Roger Rabbit 2: Toon Platoon

The live-action/animation comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit was massively expensive to produce, so a sequel in which Roger went to war never made it out of the starting gate.

7. E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears

In early drafts for E.T. Steven Spielberg envisioned it as almost a horror movie, so when talk of a sequel started the plotline was to involve evil aliens kidnapping the kids from the first flick.

6. EI8HT

David Fincher’s SE7EN is one of the most influential thrillers of the 1990s, but Fincher wanted nothing to do with the sequel, which would have taken an unrelated script about a psychic detective and cast Morgan Freeman in the role.

5. Con Airport

A 15-page treatment was written for a Con Air sequel that would have seen U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin put in charge of a whole airport that only served convict-carrying airplanes.

4. Casablanca II: Brazzaville

The ending of Casablanca is one of the most celebrated in movie history, so the idea of following it up with a sequel that took Rick to Tangiers to infiltrate a German spy ring was thankfully not pursued.

3. Batman Triumphant

Warner Brothers actually almost let Joel Schumacher make a third Batman movie after the atrocities of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, this one with the Dark Knight facing the Scarecrow and Harley Quinn (here written as the Joker’s daughter).

2. The Perfect Storm 2: Approaching Storm

A direct-to-video sequel was announced for Wolfgang Petersen’s spectacular tale of the ocean’s rage, but thankfully the minds behind it couldn’t come up with the cash to make it.

1. Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian

Tim Burton’s ghost comedy ended on a fairly open note (if you ignore the giant sandworms), but bringing Beetlejuice back for a beach comedy was thankfully scuppered.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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